What’s in a name,” Shakespeare famously said. But ask Boston-based Kunal Kamra and chances are he will disagree. Kamra, who is currently visiting family in India, was in for a rude shock when he found out that Air India had cancelled his ticket for a flight from Jaipur to Mumbai.
The reason: His name. For the uninitiated, four Indian airlines, including Air India, have banned Indian comedian Kunal Kamra over a midair confrontation with a Arnab Goswami, a star political television presenter.
However, after an elaborate procedure that involved Kamra repeatedly asserting his identity and two rounds of verification, he was finally allowed to board the flight. The incident generated quite a buzz on social media, as the more famous Kamra shared the news on Twitter with the caption, “collateral damage.”
The other Kamra said, in an interview to News18, that the airline needs to be more careful and not be this presumptuous. “I had to tell them again and again that I was not who they thought I was. I gave them all my ID proofs, my Aadhar card, my passport and all I wanted to do was get on the flight.”